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• No need for foreclosure • A tribute • Abortion clinics need caring counselors
No need for foreclosure
With the many questions and accusations now surrounding the IRS, those who claim to be targeted by the IRS, the president, the lobbyists, the banking institutions, etc. it is important to do everything we can to assure that our personal finances are secure.
Many people on Kaua‘i, on Hawai‘i and throughout our country are struggling with home mortgages in distress. Some find their homes in foreclosure, others may be facing the possibility of losing their home due to foreclosure.
However, there is hope and help available!
What can you do? What should you do? What can you expect?
Who should you talk to? How do you choose a solution strategy? What are the scams, misconceptions, the current environment, impending lawsuits? Who is on the “other side” in these struggles with home mortgage issues?
The presenter is Lee Miller, a local resident and expert in HMO Administration, and an expert in dealing with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and securitized loans. His credentials can be viewed on line at leemillerusa.com. He is not an attorney, but, due to this being a significant part of his experience, can respond to legal questions with the perspective of the foreclosing party.
For further information go on line to Ideasworthexploring.weebly.com or call 742-6995.
Robert Merkle, Koloa
Kapa‘a High School — and the community of Kaua‘i — had the incredibly good fortune to have retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Bill Barchers to teach and lead the school’s Jr. ROTC for several years.
KHS could not ask for more. I came to know Sgt. Maj. Barchers as my child was in his Jr. ROTC class for two years. Sgt. Major Barchers touched the lives of so many cadets. The students thrived, learned responsibility, how to be respectful and of strong character.
The students admired and trusted Sgt. Maj. Barchers; these students had every reason to feel this way. Sgt. Maj. Barchers spent time with these young students, I often see this “brigade” about town. It was comforting to see such dedication to our youth and from a community member. Students looked to Sgt. Maj. Bill Barchers for direction.
At times, I did the same as well, being from a U.S. military family, my father a retired Lt. Col., USMC, commanding officer, and mother a U.S. Naval nurse. Sgt. Maj. Barchers’ years of service in the U.S. Army Special Forces speak clearly to his sacrifices made, and on behalf of our country. I could not hold more respect.
Sgt. Maj. Bill Barchers has left a lasting impression — that every U.S. citizen might exercise freely what we cherish as freedom; Sgt. Maj. Barchers has left a lasting impression on the Kaua‘i community. How fortunate we are to have known such a fine person.
Deborah Morel, Honolulu
Abortion clinics need caring counselors
I read with interest the “Media Voices” in the May 20 TGI, “A look behind the veil.” The issue of Roe vs. Wade continues to be the front line in the battle between pro-life and pro-abortion. I am unashamed in my stance as an advocate of life for unborn babies. However, I realize that overturning Roe v. Wade will never be the answer. Whether or not it is legal for women to choose to end the life of her unborn child will not satisfactorily resolve the issue of a woman’s right to make decisions concerning her own body. But the atrocious conditions in some abortion clinics must be corrected.
The real issue I see is the viewpoint of pro-abortion organizations that women should have a choice, but when women seek answers to their choices, they are not provided with all of the alternatives. I have never been inside an abortion clinic. I have, however, viewed news reports of undercover reporters seeking advice in these clinics and the answers, or lack of answers, they are given.
Therefore, I suggest legislation should be more focused on providing pregnant women with all of the choices they have available to them. That includes not only abortion, but adoption or raising the child with assistance.
In order to do this it would only require abortion facilities to staff their clinics with caring counselors, who can provide information, ultrasounds, resources, etc. that would provide these women with all of the information they would need to make a life-changing decision.
This includes information on what actually occurs during an abortion. When a person goes in for surgery the physician explains to the patient exactly how a procedure will be performed. Why should it be any different for an abortion? In addition, I believe, where it is possible, the father of the unborn child should be present during these sessions. After all, he is also responsible for this child.
Unfortunately our government and our society chooses to turn a blind eye to what goes on at abortion clinics.
Even though performing an abortion on a woman is a very invasive procedure, oversight, inspection, certification and control of these clinics is spotty at best. And in cases such as the Gosnell clinic, non-existent. By staffing clinics with pro-life counselors I am convinced these horrible conditions would all but disappear.
Before the pro-choice advocates object by stating the added cost would prohibit some women from obtaining service, I believe I can speak for the millions of pro-life advocates that we would be more than happy to volunteer our time and energy to this effort.
I volunteered for six years as a counselor to fathers-to-be at a crisis pregnancy center. All of the costs of operating that center, including providing maternity supplies, baby clothes, etc. were paid for through private donations. And all of the counselors were volunteers.
I can assure you there are millions of women out there who have undergone the life-ending abortion of their unborn child who are suffering in silence. Nobody wants to hear how her heart aches for her child. Nobody wants to hear how she is overcome with guilt. Nobody wants her to talk about it because it was her choice and she should just suck it up and go on as if nothing happened. To the women reading this who are suffering in silence, some of us do care. We do know how your heart aches. We do want to listen.
Dave Stokley, Kapa‘a
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